archive: SETI Re: [acc-list] Argus, Sagan and Clarke

SETI Re: [acc-list] Argus, Sagan and Clarke

Larry Klaes ( )
Fri, 28 May 1999 09:38:57 -0400

>Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 09:38:03 -0300
>From: "John C. Sherwood" <>
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>To: Larry Klaes <>
>Subject: Re: [acc-list] Argus, Sagan and Clarke
>"Dr. H. Paul Shuch" <> wrote:
>> When The SETI League announced our choice of names for our search, Carl
>>Sagan (who used "Project Argus" for his search in the novel 'Contact')
>>jokingly accused me of stealing the name from him. My response was, "No,
>>Carl; I stole it from the same place you did: Arthur Clarke's 'Imperial
>By the way, consider this plot sketch:
>"An extraterrestrial species of vast intellectual and technological
>superiority to human beings confronts Earthlings with a complex
>communications technology. This initial contact provokes a small band of
>humans to leave Earth to learn more about the ETs. The Earthlings
>encounter conflict and hardship because of their own foibles, but
>eventually one member of the human party is allowed to make contact with
>the ETs, in a place and time generated by the ETs to resemble an Earth
>environment. There, the ETs do not reveal their own form, but
>nonetheless impart to the sole human ambassador a revelation about the
>complexity of the universe and the surprising high relevance of the
>human species."
>Sound familiar? I imagine that "Argus" may have been just one of the
>things Dr. Sagan, despite his own genius, borrowed from Sir Arthur.
>John C. Sherwood
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